The average salary for a county sheriff or police chief in the United States runs from $89,880 to $112,284, as of 2015, according to Salary.com. Around half of sheriffs make less than the median average of $100,609, and around half make more than that.
The job of county sheriff or police chief also comes with benefits that makes the salary even more lucrative, notes Salary.com. When totaling benefits for Social Security, 401(k), disability, healthcare, pension and paid time off, the median salary of a county sheriff or police chief with benefits jumps to $138,146. Benefits may be even greater for higher paid officials.